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Now Streaming: Return to Gilead for 'Handmaid's third season

Here’s what’s new for home viewing on video on demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.


The third season of the Emmy-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale” with Elisabeth Moss reaches beyond Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of an oppressive dictatorship. Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes and Alexis Bledel costar in the dystopian thriller. Three episodes now available on Hulu, new episodes arrive each Wednesday.

Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis return to San Francisco for the limited series revival of “Tales of the City” (2019) based on the novels of Armistead Maupin. Ellen Page leads the new cast of young characters in the show that explores the diversity of the Bay Area social culture. Ten episodes streaming on Netflix starting Friday.

Season 5 of Charlie Booker’s dark, disturbing anthology series “Black Mirror” consists of just three episodes (in part due to the demands of the interactive “Bandersnatch” special), headlined by Andrew Scott, Miley Cyrus, and Anthony Mackie, all now streaming on Netflix.

The Amazon Original Documentary “Chasing Happiness” (2019, not rated) follows The Jonas Brothers as they reunite to record their first new album in six years.

Classic picks: Netflix adds two Oscar-winning dramas this month. The musical “Cabaret” (1972, PG), set in 1920s Berlin against the rising tide of the Nazi party, won eight awards, including Oscars for director Bob Fosse and stars Liza Minelli and Joel Grey. Sidney Lumet’s savage media satire “Network” (1976, R), at once a time capsule and a timely drama, took home Oscars for stars Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight and for Paddy Chayefsky’s original screenplay.


Julianne Moore stars in “Gloria Bell” (2019, R), Sebastián Lelio’s American remake of his award-winning Chilean drama of a free-spirited middle-aged woman.


The apocalyptic science fiction thriller “I Am Mother” (2019, not rated) starring Hilary Swank and the voice of Rose Byrne comes direct to Netflix on Friday from its debut at Sundance.

Arriving from theaters is the family-friendly animated “The Grinch” (2018, PG) voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Asghar Farhadi’s thriller “Everybody Knows” (Spain, 2018, R, with subtitles) with Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Streaming TV: Netflix picks up the canceled ABC series “Designated Survivor” with Kiefer Sutherland for a third season of 10 episodes, starting Friday.


Reese Witherspoon stars in the romantic comedy “Home Again” (2017, PG-13) with Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen.


Natalie Portman stars as a jaded pop star in “Vox Lux” (2018, R), a mix of celebrity drama and literary character study.

“Ask Dr. Ruth” (2019, not rated) profiles Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist.


Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm and Chris Hemsworth star in the thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” (2018, R).


“Gloria Bell,” “A Madea Family Funeral,” “The Kid.”

• Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at

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